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Old 12-10-2007, 10:39 AM   #11
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Regardless of the outcome (and I realize you may never get sick) it is not a very safe way to defrost anything. If you were a restaurant, and the health department came to visit while you were doing that, you would likely be shut down -- at least temporarily.

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Old 12-10-2007, 10:43 AM   #12
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I don't get what the difference is. It winds up at the same temperature that it was when it was bought? I'm sorry but my fridge isnt the size of a Mack truck, so juggling a frozen chicken in there for 4-5 days while it decides to deforost is a waste of time. IMHO If I ran a restaraunt, I couldn't have my dog in the kitchen either. Apples/Oranges.

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Old 12-10-2007, 11:09 AM   #13
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I think I will throw it on the 'barbie (just for you Bilby!) and be better safe than sorry...
Besides, we wouldn't want to re-start the whole 68 degree turkey thing that just finally went away!!!!
Not that there's anything wrong with that.....
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Old 12-10-2007, 03:08 PM   #14
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Thawing meat in water, even chicken or turkey, is perfectly safe if done correctly. Correctly means in cold water, and changing the water every 30 minutes if necessary to keep it cold. Most foods, certainly a chicken or chicken parts, will thaw in 2 to 3 hours. At that point, everything is fine, and the food can be either cooked or refrigerated.

The reason that it is not recommended often is because most people don't do it that way, and in your case, you can't really do it that way (because you are at work)

However, cooking to the proper internal temperature will eliminate a very large part of the risk of getting sick, as it will both kill the bacteria and usually destabilize toxins from MOST common food borne pathogens.

Of course, folks have to decide if they are willing to take that risk that remains for themselves. Why it is different in a restaurant, is because they are cooking for others who trust that they will use best practices to reduce the risk as much as possible.
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Old 12-11-2007, 01:37 AM   #15
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Besides, we wouldn't want to re-start the whole 68 degree turkey thing that just finally went away!!!!
Personally I have renamed that The Great Turkey Debate of 07!!!

Too many restaurants, not enough time...
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